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Construction Assurance Manager


Your new role

At Highways England wemanage one of the world's most advanced and safest road networks connecting thecountry on a daily basis. Join us as a Construction Assurance Manager and youwill play a key role in the delivery of Highways England Capital InvestmentSchemes by representing the companies interests on civil engineeringconstruction and maintenance sites. The role will be based in Warrington or Preston and you will be reporting directly to the ConstructionManager, you will actively ensure construction schemes are delivered in linewith time, cost, quality and safety standards, and customer experience is notadversely impacted. This well-established team pride itself on its culture andthis role will give you a varied, challenging work day every day.

You will be required to drive as part of your role and you will need to have a full clean driving license to be considered for this position and during employment.

What you'll be leading on

• Assuring thecompletion of planned works to agreed standards and escalate any concerns tothe Construction Manager, in line with agreedgovernance agreements
• Ensuring that allworks are constructed in line with: CDM regulations, HSE Legislation, Chapter 8requirements, Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and Manual of ContractDocuments for Highways Works (MCHW).
• Ensuring ProjectManagers receive regular and timely feedback on scheme construction progress,risks, early warnings, design related issues, and act as the initial point ofescalation for any on-site issues that need to be resolved.
• Acting as liaison engineerbetween all key supply chain partners and co-ordinate the delivery programme,ensuring buildability reviews are carried out on all projects.
• Attend buildabilitymeetings as and when required to ensure designs are LEAN and fit for purpose.
• Maintaining goodliaison with Project Managers and Commercial & Procurement colleagues,providing relevant and timely information on Early Warnings and CompensationEvents

To be successful

• Proven highways/structures maintenance/constructionexperience; experience of working on high speed Trunk Road/Motorway Networks isdesirable

• Good understanding of the DMRB, MCHW, Chapter 8 and CDMRegulations

• Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) or SiteManagement Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS preferred)

• Ability to execute tasks independently, yet workcollaboratively within a teamand respond to management guidance &support. You will also have excellent communication and interpersonalskills in dealing with multiple stakeholders

• Computer literate with knowledge of MS Office Excel, Word,Project and Outlook

A bit about us

Making sure our customershave safe and reliable journeys is at the heart of everything we do inOperations. We keep the roads open for business and play a key role in makingsure the network we manage is fit for purpose today and for the future. Weachieve this through the delivery our capital programme, supporting customerson the road with our Traffic Officer Service and managing incidentseffectively.

Why you should join us

At Highways England we believe in a connectedcountry. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feelconnected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this. We're proud that as an organisation we arecontinually striving to do better and actively encourage and support ourcolleagues to do the same with their careers.

So, if you put safety first, take ownershipof your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, anddemonstrate integrity in how you do it - then you'll be a great fit for ourorganisation

And finally

And finally, we reserve the right to closebefore the advertised closing date, so we recommend completing your applicationas soon as possible.

Want to know more?

Take a look at the role profilebelow.


To provide management, undertaking and pastoral care for a team of Highways England construction staff involved in overseeing Construction Works Framework (CWF), Category Management (CAT MAN), Maintenance & Response (M&R) and 3rdparty contractors' quality and H&S compliance in the delivery of construction works. The role may be required to work unsociable hours.

Key Accountabilities

To ensure the health and safety needs and wellbeing of employees, contractors and all parties involved in the projectare fully considered and accounted for throughout the construction process.
To provide direction and line management to a team, ensuring timely setting of objectives, performance management reviews, and development of appropriate recruitment,succession and development plans.
To sign off completion of works or necessary deviations from planned works, in line with agreed tolerance and governance levels, escalating to Project Managers and Construction Manager when required.
To develop and maintain good liaison with Project Managers and Commercial & Procurement colleagues, providing relevant and timely informationon scheme construction progress, risks, early warnings and issues, and act as the initial point of escalation for any on-site issues that need to be resolved.
To represent the interests of Highways England on construction site(s),ensuring all contractors maintaincompliance withrelevantHighways England policies,proceduresand Quality Management System (QMS)at all times,and take actions to resolveand/or escalatenon-compliance.
To represent the interests of Highways Englandwith regard tocustomer service and ensure all works are undertaken with due regard to the needs of the local population within the immediate vicinity of the works and the travelling public as a whole.
To ensure that construction works comply with CDM regulations, HSE Legislation and Chapter 8 requirements, ensuring that Principal Contractor (PC) duties are properly discharged by the relevant parties.
To proactively identify and implement continuous improvements which eliminate, reduce or provide greater control for risks arising during the construction phase of a project.
To provide subject matter input and inform solution design and work packaging to reduce / eliminate risks to health and safety and improve buildability during construction.
To proactively identify opportunities for efficiencies in the construction of schemes.
To support the evaluation and selection of construction delivery partners and suppliersensuring performance and quality expectations are clearly defined and measurable.
Facilitate and / or undertake co-ordination of winter maintenance treatments within works with Regional Operations Centre.
Sign off for completed works and/or necessary deviations, in line with agreed tolerance levels and governance framework.
Escalates significant supplier performance issues to Project Managers and Construction Manager.
Provides assurance and challenge to CWF, CATMAN, M&R and 3rdpartysuppliers' construction works' quality and timeliness.
Supervision of works in accordance with contractual terms.
Recommend improvements in the development of related processes and approaches.

People management responsibilities

Site Supervisors - Numbers will vary by region - Direct
Scheme Coordinators - Numbers will vary by region - Direct

Budget management responsibilities

Manages and controls scheme budget spend during construction

Keycontacts/relationships/stakeholders managed

Construction Works Framework (CWF), Category Management (CAT MAN), Maintenance & Response (M&R) andthird partyconstruction partners and suppliers
Project Managers
Construction Manager
Specialist teams in Highways England
Commercial & Procurement colleagues
Regional Operations Centre
Engineering teams

Person Specification

Business Knowledgeand Experience

Strong understanding of relevant technical asset policies and standards
Good commercial acumen, with understanding of the relevant supply chain contracts; good financial acumen, including budget management
Relevant legislation, practices and policies for health, safety and wellbeing in Construction
Highways Construction & Maintenance
Structures Construction & Maintenance
Experience in managing geographically dispersed teams
Ability to manage and inspire teams across organisational boundaries
Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills
Drive, resilience, focus and energy with high level of emotional intelligence
Strong customer focus

Functional / Technical Skills

Educated to degree levelin relevant engineering discipline (desirable; civilengineering degree preferred)OR extensive highway maintenance /construction experience
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) or Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
Knowledge of CDM
Detailed understanding of temporary traffic management (Chapter 8)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) - Gold
Valid Driving Licence (Essential)
Vocational training

Values and Behaviours

Embrace the organisation's valuesand modelassociated behaviours:

Safety:Keep ourselves and others safe, above all else
Passion:Deliver with energy and pace,care about what we do,continuously improve and innovate,provide great service in everything we do
Integrity:Open, honest and professional, respect and value the contribution others make, do what we say, always do the right thing
Teamwork:Work together effectively to achieve our goals, work efficiently and flexibly, listen to others and communicate clearly
Ownership:Take accountability, learn from failure and celebrate success, agree stretching goals and delivering them, maintain focus on our imperatives

Health & Safety

Be accountable for delivery and governance of the 5 Year Health and Safety Plan across the business; provide interpretation and support as appropriate. Embed safety as the first imperative across all areas of your responsibility. Recognise the behaviours that enable the culture change required to achieve the Plan and deliver the objectives of the organisation. Engage and collaborate as appropriate with the wider business, supply chain and other stakeholders to promote health and safety, recognising behaviours that bring the Plan to life and help us realise the vision. Support the evolution of a culture that follows fair rules effectively, welcomes the opportunities to learn from incidents and near misses, taking appropriate remedial action and holding people to account when necessary to ensure that the organisation's objectives are achieved.

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Warrington, England, Warrington, WA1, United Kingdom

  • Ad ID:  14832239
  • Ad Type:  Offered
  • Posted on:  30/06/2020, 13:22
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